Roger Federer out of French Open after arthroscopic knee surgery

Federer Knee Injury

Roger Federer is to miss the next three months of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee, a reminder that even the greats are not immortal.

The 20-time Grand Slam victor revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and would miss a string of tournaments, including the French Open from May 24 to June 7.

I hoped it would go away but after an examination and discussion with my team, I made a decision to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday.

Now Federer, who for years has faced questions about how much longer he'll compete, will miss upcoming hard-court tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, along with what was supposed to be a rescheduled exhibition match in Bogota, Colombia, that was cancelled in November because of rioting.

Federer, 38, underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and announced via his twitter account he will be out until the grass season.

Doctors "are very confident of a full recovery", Federer said, before ending his post by telling his fans "see you on the grass!" as he targets a return for Wimbledon.

According to CNN, Federer also struggled with a groin injury during his appearance at this year's Australian Open in January while playing against Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinal. The French Open begins on May 24. When he returned, he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, then the Australian Open again in 2018, his most recent major championship.

The 20-time major victor carries an impressive record of never retiring from a match in his 20 years on tour but will now miss at least three to four months of tennis.

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